SOLD FOR: $1050
Model: 686 Onyx Sporting
Serial Number: L24059B
Year of Manufacture: 1993 (https://www.berettasupport.com/applications/tech_data/schematics_search_2.htm). The barrel was made in 1991 (BA Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break, Over/Under Shotgun Receiver with Top-Single Barrel with Extractor
Markings: The top tang is marked “L24059B”. The water table is marked with Italian proofs. The bottom of the receiver is marked “MADE IN ITALY”, “P. Beretta / GARDONE V.T.”, with the three arrow logo, and “686 ONYX”. The trigger plate is marked “PATENTED”. Each side of the receiver is marked “P. Beretta”. The trigger guard is marked “SPORTING”. The receiver has border engraving. The left barrel is marked “P. Beretta – Gardone V.T. – ITALY -“, “PB” in oval and “Mono Top – 12 GA. 2 3/4 IN. – 32″ F” on the left, the right is marked “BERETTA U.S.A. CORP., ACKK., MD. / MADE IN ITALY” and “-EXCELSIOR – HIGH STRENGTH ALLOYED STEEL-“. Below the forend, the left of the barrel and faux-barrel each have a series of Italian proofs and the bottom is marked “17588 BB-1″. The bottom of the monoblock is marked “R20415B”, with more Italian proofs, and a “BA” date code. The forend iron is marked “24059”.
Barrel Length: 32? Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrel is threaded for chokes and installed with an Improved Modified choke.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a green fiber optic insert in a base that is fixed to the rib at the muzzle. There is a metal midbead on the rib. The rib is checkered for glare reduction
Weight: 8 lb. 10 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, finger groove forend, and an aftermarket adjustable rubber buttpad. The comb has been modified and can be slid off and replaced for different heights. The top and bottom of the wrist each have a hairline crack at the tangs. There is a thin crack on the left side of the forend at the front. There are some scattered compressions, draglines, and little dings through the finish. There are some mars into the wood on the right side of the cheek. The checkering is mostly intact with some light rub wear. There is finish loss on the edge of the pistol grip. There are some scattered light handling marks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 12 1/2″ to the wood. The drop at comb measures approximately 1” and 1 5/8” at the heel. The cast is slightly off, though almost neutral. The LimbSaver pad has light wear. The pad and spacer are proud to the wood. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: The finish is Original, the barrel is not Original to the receiver.
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 93% of its metal finish. The front sight bead is damaged. There is tape on the bottom of the faux-barrel that helps keep the fit tight. One of the forend levers is missing its spring and pin. There are some scattered little marks. There are some scattered little oil stains and spots of oxidation, the most noticeable are on the top of the barrel around the rib at the front of the barrel. There are some little spots of light surface oxidation on the trigger guard. There is thinning and finish loss on the edges and controls. There is some standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: One of the forend lever pins and one of the forend lever springs is missing. The action functions correctly. The action extracts. The action locks up tight with no play. The safety engages automatically when opening the action. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a blue Beretta hard case with no label.
Our Assessment: This Beretta 686 Onyx Sporting in 12 gauge has been installed with a 32″ top-single barrel which is threaded for chokes. The 686 is built around an action that has become an unrivaled benchmark for over-unders. It features a dual locking-lug system that ensures both strength and sleekness: the dual lugs in the middle of the action dispense with the need of a cross-bolt on top, thus enabling the receiver to be thin and low-profile. The point of balance is right at the hinge-pin, meaning that this Beretta shotgun will shoulder and point better than other brands costing several times as much. This shotgun is in Very Good-Fine condition and has some light use. You can also find yourself an over under barrel set and use this as a double barrel too. This is a well made Italian double gun made by one of the best, it will serve its new owner well for years to come. Please see our photos and good luck!